Environment | Economy | Equity
April 4, 2014
Idaho Water Center
322 E Front St.
The 2014 University of Idaho Law Review symposium will focus on defining city resilience, as well as cutting-edge, non-traditional legal approaches to implementing environmental and social projects that promote city resilience.
Attend the symposium | Watch Live | Schedule of Events
What is a Resilient City?
The symposium plans to begin with a brief investigation into the question: What is a resilient city? One definition posits these basic tenets: “A resilient city is a sustainable network of physical systems and human communities. Physical systems are the constructed and natural environmental components of the city. They include its built roads, buildings, infrastructure, communications, and energy facilities, as well as its waterways, soils, topography, geology, and other natural systems. In sum, the physical systems act as the body of the city, its bones, arteries, and muscles. . . . Human communities are the social and institutional components of the city. They include the formal and informal, stable and ad hoc human associations that operate in an urban area: schools, neighborhoods, agencies, organizations, enterprises, task forces, and the like. In sum, the communities act as the brain of the city, directing its activities, responding to its needs, and learning from its experience.”
Is this an appropriate definition for a resilient city?
The definitional panel of the symposium investigates: Is this an appropriate definition for a resilient city? If not, what should be changed? What are the implications of such definitions for law? What is the relationship between environmental and social dimensions of a resilient city? Are they separate or interconnected? Much of the talk about city resilience focuses on disaster preparedness. Is there more to city resilience? If so, what else should be included in the discussion? For new development, what does it mean to build a resilient city from the ground up? How can a city’s physical systems and human communities respond, and thrive, in the midst of the coming century’s environmental and social stresses that will include climate change, rapid urbanization, more pronounced economic cycles, and the like?
How can cities best implement resiliency in a time of limited resources?
The primary focus of the symposium will then be investigating a second question: How can cities best implement resiliency in a time of limited resources? The symposium will focus on cutting-edge legal implementation tools for environmental or social city resiliency. Representative topics here include how city resiliency can be implemented through: ecosystems services; transportation systems and investments; civic social networks, land trusts for affordable housing; greening office buildings; community benefits agreements and workforce training; public and private protections for land conservation; social impact bonds; neighborhood empowerment; or the role for insurance in creating a resilient city.
Symposium papers or presentations addressing either question above will be presented at the conference and published in the Symposium volume in Spring, 2014.
Attending the symposium
Price: $150 including breakfast and lunch.
Register for the symposium.
It is anticipated that Idaho attorneys will receive 7 CLE credits. Limited seating is available and registrations will be processed in the order they are received.
Students interested in attending the event should contact Tori Osler at email@example.com
Watch a live video feed of the 2014 Idaho Law Review Symposium on April 4, 2014.
No registration required.
Schedule of Events
Online fireside chat on resiliency and cities (Anticipated February or March)
Tony Arnold (Louisville); Barb Cosens (Idaho); and Stephen Miller (Idaho)
April 4, 2014
|8:00 – 8:30
||Registration and Continental Breakfast
|8:30 – 9:00
||Introduction and Welcome
Symposium Introduction: Alexandra Grande; Tori Osler (ILR symposium student editors)
Welcome: David Bieter (Mayor, City of Boise)
Faculty Advisor Welcome: Stephen R. Miller (Idaho)
|9:00 – 10:30
Disaster, Destruction, and Resilient Cities
Moderator: Dale Goble (Idaho)
Kellen Zale (University of Houston Law Center) – The City’s Right to Destroy
John Travis Marshall and Ryan Rowberry (Georgia State) – Urban Wreckage and Resiliency: Articulating a Practical Framework for Preserving, Reconstructing, and Building Cities
Andrea McArdle (CUNY) – Imagining A Resilient New York After Superstorm Sandy
|10:45 – 12:00
||Social Aspects of Resilient Cities
Moderator: Anastasia Telesetsky (Idaho)
Palma Strand (Creighton) – Increasing City-System Resilience by Cultivating Civic Social Networks
Melissa Berry (University of Missouri) – Thinking Like a City: Grounding Social-Ecological Resilience in an Urban Land Ethic
|12:00 – 1:30
||Lunch with Keynote
Moderator: Barbara Cosens
Ken Alex (California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research) – 20-30 minute presentation
|1:30 – 1:45
|1:45 – 3:15
||Resiliency, Equity, and Economy
Moderator: Jerrold Long
Christopher Odinet (Southern University Law Center) – Fairness, Equity, and a Level Playing Field: Land-use Goals for the Resilient City
Jeff Litwak (Columbia River Gorge Commission) – Implementing Resiliency: Urban Services Without Borders
Jon Rosenbloom (Drake) – Funding Resiliency
|3:15 – 3:30
|3:30 – 5:00
||Resiliency and Planning for City Growth
Moderator: Stephen Miller
Tom Bergin (Blaine County Land Use & Building Services) and Tom Wuerzer (Department of Community and Regional Planning Boise State University) – Fire Resilience Policy and Planning at the Wildland-Urban Interface: Impressions from Idaho
Keith Hirokawa (Albany) – Planning for Scarcity: Enabling Resilient Urban Water Planning Through Eco System Services
|5:00 – 5:15
|5:15 – 6:15